Opinion Readers React
Readers React

Freelancers: Free to work as they wish? Really?

To the editor: Sara Horowitz’s opinion piece about freelancers seemed too good to be true. That’s because it is.

First, not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. It takes a special breed of individual. Simply being out of a job is not a qualification.  (Re “America’s new way of work,” Opinion, Aug. 26)

The millennials whom Horowitz so reverently chronicles as “freelancers” are likely still living with their parents, have little or no responsibilities and have had great trouble finding real work.

Horowitz states that millennials tend to value experiences more than things. I suspect that’s mainly because they have no other choice.

As for the Bureau of Labor Statistics' failure to track freelancers, it actually does have a category -- it’s called “unemployed.”

 In a perfect world, we could all be freelancers and never have to worry about where our next meal is coming from. As most of us who are grounded in reality already know, this is not a perfect world.

Charles Reilly, Manhattan Beach

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